Catholic Writers Conference Online


The Catholic Writers Guild has opened registration for its annual Catholic Writers Conference Online, the must-attend online event for Catholic writers.

September 20-22, 2019

Cost is $30 for Guild members and $45 for non-members. Registration is open at the Guild’s website. Member registration click HERE and non-member registration click HERE.

This faith-focused, professional writing conference is being held completely online through webinars with audio-visual access. Attendees are able to ask questions of the presenters and receive knowledgeable feedback, and there is time between sessions for networking and socializing. The schedule is an immersive two and a half days covering all aspects of writing from idea conception to editing, publishing to marketing. Recordings and reference materials from the presentations will be available free to all conference attendees.

Conference Highlights

  • 3 Pre-launch Strategies for Every Author by Sarah Reinhard
  • 1000 Ideas for Articles: Finding Inspiration When You’re Dry by Sherry Antonetti
  • Business Bootcamp for Authors by Cathy Gilmore
  • How to Create a Storyboard by Karen Kelly Boyce
  • How to Create Memorable Characters by Michelle Buckman
  • Indie Publishing by Jane Lebak
  • Legal Issues for Writers by Anthony Kolenc
  • Thematic Grace: Stories without Sermons by Karen Ullo

In addition, we have some great deals from our sponsors:

  • IngramSpark (free title setup)
  • Final Draft (30% off)
  • Book Design Templates (20% off)
  • Duotrope (1 month free)

Authors will also be able to meet online with publishing professionals and pitch their finished writing projects. In the past, publishers from large Catholic presses, including Pauline, Ave Maria, and Our Sunday Visitor, as well as secular presses like Anaiah Press and Liberty Island, have participated.

This year’s conference lineup is being developed. In the past, topics have covered the nuts and bolts of self-publishing, the importance of faith in writing, and nonfiction and fiction writing skills from characterization to plot, editing tips, marketing how-to and more.

“Each year, we try to get a mix of practical and philosophical – what it means to be a Catholic writer,” says Karina Fabian, who has organized the online conferences since its inception in 2008. “We’re inviting back some of the favorites of our attendees, who always have great advice and a deeper perspective from the year before. In addition, we’re seeking out new presenters in the areas of non-fiction, marketing and publishing.”

Karina Fabian

“The Guild exemplifies the Catholic ‘both/and’ with writers from every part of the world, in every genre, and from every walk of life. We’re diverse in personality and style but united in our loyalty and love of the Catholic faith. Our writers’ conferences provide a unique opportunity to come together in fellowship and sharpen each other toward our united mission: a rebirth of Catholic arts and letters.”

Guild President Joseph Wetterling

“Every year we hear back from authors who finished a book, started a project, or got a publishing contract thanks to the Catholic Writers’ Conference Online. Plus, people make contacts and good friends. It’s a terrific opportunity, especially for those who can’t afford to attend a live conference,” says Fabian.

Karina Fabian

This year’s conference is sponsored by Duotrope and First Draft, who are offering deals to attendees. Duotrope offers an extensive, searchable database of current fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and visual art markets, while Final Draft is the industry standard in screenwriting software. People can learn more about these sponsors and their offerings to conference attendees at

For more information about the Catholic Writers Guild, visit

The Mystic That Inspired Tortured Soul


Ever since I was a young woman, I’ve been interested in learning all I could about the Four Last Things: death, judgment, heaven, and hell. This led to me reading about purgatory. Which led to me reading about apparitions of souls in purgatory to the living. Which led to me caring deeply for the suffering souls. Which led to me praying for them.

I remember the suffering souls at Mass and, in addition to other favorite prayers, I often say the St. Gertrude prayer:

Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the masses said throughout the world today, for all the holy souls in purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen.

Prayer given by Our Lord to St. Gertrude

For the past few years, I’ve felt inspired to write a story that will draw attention to the teaching on purgatory and to the need of the suffering souls for our prayers. Tortured Soul is that story.

This supernatural thriller is set in contemporary times and upstate New York even though it was inspired by modern-may mystic Eugenie von der Leyen, who lived from 1867-1929 in Germany.

Today I’d like to tell you a bit about the visionary. You can watch the video below or skip down to the modified transcript.

This story is unlike anything I’ve ever written. Most of my books are geared toward Catholic teens but this story was written for adults.

Eugenie was a princess who lived in a castle in Waal, Bavaria, Germany.

She was a well-educated and well-loved woman who seemed to know everyone in town, including a shepherd who died several years previously.

Eugenie was very devout but she was not a saint. Many saints have received visitors from the suffering souls and seen visions of purgatory–St. Padre Pio, St Gertrude the Great, St. John Vianney, St. Faustina–but I wanted to use Eugenie’s experiences because of the message it sends: praying for the holy souls in purgatory is not just the work of the saints but is something we are all called to do.

Another reason I decided to use Eugenie’s experiences for my story was because once she began receiving these unusual visits, her confessor ordered to write them down in a diary. After her death, this diary was given to Bishop Eugenio Pacelli, who later became Pope Pius XII. In this diary, she recounts her experiences in great detail, telling what the souls looked like, what they said and did, and also how they made her feel. Sometimes she felt great pity and compassion but other times terrified, depending upon the level of purgatory the soul came from.

In one experience, she describes the soul who appeared to her as looking like a tree. While this soul terrified her, she prayed for him–showing just how courageous this woman was. She prayed for him at Mass, offering her Holy Communion, and with other prayers. She also sprinkled holy water on him and in a few days, he started to appear more like a person. After more prayer, she could tell that this was a man and not a woman. A few more days of prayer and she thought she recognized him–it was the shepherd who had died several years previously, a man she had pitied and prayed for during his life. However, he did not respond to his name. He could not speak until she offered more prayers on his behalf. Then he could tell his story.

I combined two of the souls that appeared to this mystic for the sake of the plot. One of these souls had a dark connection with the actual mystic, which I can’t share without spoiling the story. But Tortured Soul is very much a story of mercy.

The protagonist in Tortured Soul, Jeannie Lyons (her name is a modified version of the mystic’s name), is called to a great act of mercy. The soul in this story also makes known the profound mercy of God at work in his salvation. Purgatory itself is the mercy of God.

This teaching and other teachings on purgatory come to light in this story. For example:

  • the suffering souls benefit greatly from our prayers and sacrifices
  • the state of one’s soul at death determines the level of purgatory a soul goes to/through
  • the souls in purgatory experience the greatest pain–unlike anything we experience in the world–but they also experience the greatest joy–again, unlike anything we experience in the world
  • their suffering is a great longing for God
  • souls wouldn’t have it any other way; they want to have that purity needed to be in the presence of our All Holy God

“Nothing impure can enter heaven”

Revelation 21:72

I am honored to have the endorsement of Susan Tassone (the Purgatory Lady) for this book.

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Tortured Soul is available on Amazon and through any bookseller. Support your local Catholic bookstore by requesting this book through them.

Silver Fire Publishing


Names are so very important. As a writer, I am thinking about names all the time. Names for characters, places, books, etc. Several years ago, I also decided upon a name for my publishing imprint.

My books are published under the Silver Fire Publishing imprint. The idea comes from the Scriptures and it represents what I write and why I write.

“For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap, he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and sliver”

Malachi 3:3

Have you ever marveled at the beauty of something made of silver? A necklace or ring, maybe a decorative tray or dish?

Pure and polished silver shines with a beautiful metallic radiance. Silver is resistant to the corrosion and it is readily worked. Its white lustre is the result of its electron configuration, which allows it to reflect all visible light.

Found in its native form, silver contains all kinds of impurities. So how does it become so beautiful?

The process used in Old Testament times creates a beautiful analogy of God’s refining fire in our lives.

Image by StockSnap from Pixabay

In order to make something out of silver, a silversmith must first refine the silver and make it pure. This is done by heating the silver with fire, by holding it to the hottest part of the flame to burn away the impurities.

During this purification process, the silversmith watches the silver carefully. He never leaves during the process. And when the silversmith can see his image in the silver, he knows the silver is purified.

God is the refiner. His Word is the fire. We are the silver. And the more we immerse ourselves in Him, the purer we become. And even though the purification process might hurt a bit, He is with us through it all. And like the saints, we come to reflect His image.

I chose the name Silver Fire Publishing for my imprint because I write Catholic fiction. Each of my stories shows the refiner’s fire at work in my characters. My novels are written to support Catholics in their faith and to inspire a greater trust in the Divine Refiner, who is at work in each of our lives.

Each story contains elements unique to our Catholic faith: the Communion of Saints, the Blessed Sacrament, confession, purgatory, sacramentals, etc. And each story addresses contemporary issues: loneliness, fitting in, dating/courtship, purity, abortion, vocational discernment, speaking the truth in faith and morals, being the light in a dark culture, etc.

My books are written to challenge readers and to draw attention to the spiritual realities that go on within us and all around us every day.

“The promises of the Lord are promises that are pure, silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times.”

Psalm 12:6

Draw near to the Master Silversmith and let Him purify you until His image is clearly seen in you.

You can learn more about my books by visiting my website.

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I Am God’s Storyteller


I Am God’s Storyteller invites children to use their gifts to shine God’s light and share the Gospel. Offering children examples of noted storytellers in Bible history (Sarah, Moses, Deborah, Esther, David, Isaiah, Mary, John the Baptist, and the Evangelists and early Church), this colorful and engaging picture book also looks at how Jesus used storytelling to teach and share his message of faith, hope and love. I Am God’s Storyteller concludes by asking children to be “God’s storytellers,” and helps them to understand that our world needs them now more than ever to shine God’s light.

Includes information for parents, teachers and caregivers, with suggestions and guidelines for building a love for storytelling in the hearts of children. With encouragement and empowerment, young storytellers are sent on a mission to engage the world around them with joy and creativity.

My Review:

I Am God’s Storyteller – the theme of this story really spoke to me, and not just because I am an author. Our Lord calls each of us to witness to Him and to the ongoing story of His love for us. With colorful illustrations on every page and clever insights, this book goes through salvation history with God’s story and His storytellers. And it challenges readers to see that they are part of this amazing story and they are God’s storytellers too!

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Author Website:

It was a pleasure to meet the author at this year’s Catholic Marketing Network in Lancaster, PA. She signed my copy of the book to my parish with a personal note. Lisa visits schools and parishes, but is also available for virtual visits.

If you’ve read this book, share your thoughts in the comments!

NEW RELEASE: The Power of Forgiveness


The Power of Forgiveness
by Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur

Published by Our Sunday Visitor

ISBN-13 978-1-68192-466-3

Retail Price $4.95

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“Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”

How many times have we uttered those words in The Lord’s Prayer? How many times do we stop to consider what we are saying? We are asking God to extend mercy and forgiveness to us in the same manner as we treat those who have hurt us in some way. Do we really mean that?

It is hard to ask for forgiveness from God. It is difficult to admit that we have done wrong, that we have failed in our relationships with God and with others. This is one reason why people don’t take more advantage of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. It is very humbling to have to say our failings out loud to another person. The bigger the failing, the more humbling it is.

In The Power of Forgiveness, you will come to understand more fully that God’s mercy is always there. Through true stories of the lives of saints and examples from the Bible along with a short prayer and reflection questions, this devotional helps us focus on the challenge and power of offering forgiveness.

The Power of Forgiveness is a useful reflection in preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation or for every day prayer.

Part of the Companion in Faith series.

About the Author

Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur is a lifelong Roman Catholic with a B.A. in Art and History and a Masters in Applied Theology. A homeschooling mother of three, she has been working as a Catholic writer and editor for the past fifteen years. She blogs at and is editor of


Sample Reflection

They Know Not What They Do

And Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.’ – Luke 23: 34

Jesus forgave not only those who personally ordered and carried out his torture and crucifixion, but all those who contributed by standing in the crowd shouting, “Crucify him.” When we repeat those words on Palm Sunday and Good Friday, we are forced to think about our role in crucifying Jesus.

When I sin, my thought process doesn’t usually go that far. I’m not consciously trying to hurt Jesus. Instead, I’m thinking about what seems good for me in that moment. The devil is skilled at making what is evil seem attractive. My human nature is weak. The guilt comes later, after I’ve given in to temptation.

The same holds true when people sin against us. Very rarely is someone intentionally trying to ruin our lives or inflict long-lasting emotional pain. Instead they give in to their human weakness. They are tired, frustrated, or angry about the pain in their own lives and take out their rage on us…The sins are real; the pain is real; but they know not what they do.


Dear Jesus, help me to forgive as you forgive those who hurt you.


Looking over your life, can you recall the times that you unintentionally deeply hurt someone else due to your human weakness?